Hotels in Florida

Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami′s best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids′ programs, and a pristine beach.

This hotel is practically large enough to be a city unto itself, and it has the recreation areas to match. The newly redesigned outdoor area features four pools, four whirlpools, a kids’ splash area, two 200-foot winding water slides and one 90-foot speed slide.

The pool here is on the small side, but its rooftop location, South Beach vibe and city views make it a local favorite. Grab a cocktail and find a slice of sunshine at this downtown location; it's also fantastic at sunset with the lights and sounds of the city as a backdrop.

You'll feel a bit as if you're a guest at a rock star's private pool as you luxuriate poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. Music is piped in underwater as you swim, and the sand beach, two hot tubs and 260-foot pool slide provide an oasis worthy of rock 'n' roll royalty.

One of Orlando's newest luxury hotels, the Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort is both family-friendly and luxurious. The expansive water area features an adult pool and a family pool, a lazy river, and a 242-foot waterslide.

If you're into adventure, this is the spot for you. A night's stay and a small mandatory resort fee (currently $22 per night, which covers up to five people) get you access to the hotel's extraordinary water park, with four heated pools and 14 water slides at various thrill levels. 

With low room rates and easy shuttle service to the theme parks, this amenity-rich property is a great value, especially for larger groups. The rooms are condo-style suites, and each includes a washer and dryer, a kitchen, and a dining area.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts is a well-known hotel group in Orlando, and the company’s properties are generally great values. The recently remodeled Rosen Inn International, on International Drive, is no exception.

One way to save money while on vacation? Spend a day at a water park without paying an entry fee.

This sprawling retro-themed hotel, which is designed to look like a beach club from the 1950s and ‘60s, is the newest lodging addition to the Universal fold. It’s still spanking new, and it offers fantastic rates.

Disney’s value resorts are perfect for families on a budget, and this one gives you the most bang for your buck. Each section of the resort is a shout-out to a different 20th-century decade, and the rooms are colorful and comfortable.

You can’t get much closer to the theme parks; from these twin hotels, you can even walk to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or take a water taxi, if you’d prefer). The resort features a pool with a tropical grotto, two lap pools, four whirlpools and a white sand beach among other amenities.

This brand-new hotel luxury inside the gates of the Walt Disney resort offers two waterslides, a kids’ splash zone, an adults-only pool, an upscale spa, a Tom Fazio golf course, and some of the largest standard hotel rooms in Orlando (at 500 square feet apiece).

You can’t miss this soaring hotel, which sits just across the interstate from Walt Disney World. With more than 2,000 rooms and suites, the property includes a pool with a slide tower and a splash park for kids.

This luxurious property is tucked away on the Bonnet Creek Resort enclave, accessible through Disney property. With a swanky pool, a gorgeous Rees Jones-designed golf course, an outstanding spa and the award-winning Bull & Bear restaurant, it offers plenty of opulence.